Human research protection program seeks accreditation

UGA’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is pursuing accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP), an independent accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.

The first steps in the accreditation application process, which included a thorough self-assessment and development of new or revised HRPP policies and procedures, are complete.

AAHRPP will conduct a site visit to review UGA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) records and assess (through interviews) whether the policies and procedures for human research protections described in the university’s written application are translated into practice. Principal investigators and research staff conducting human research, IRB members and staff, and key HRPP personnel will be included in the interviews.

The site visit will take place from Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Friday, March 2, 2018.

An HRPP accreditation website is available with information and materials to help research faculty and staff prepare and know what to expect during the site visit.

For questions related to accreditation, please contact Dr. Benilda Pooser at bpooser@uga.edu or 706-542-9720.